If you tuned in last week, you know all about our little class flower shop. This is the perfect year-end project when testing is over and you’re not sure what else to do. Use this time to have some fun, teach your students a lot of real-world skills, and be truly amazed at how awesome your students are! Peruse last week’s post here to get caught up. Good to go? Great! Now this week, your students have learned about Goods and Services, almost completed their business plan or plans, and thought about what type of flowers they are going to sell(fresh, cut, or paper). This week, your students are going to get deeper into the nuts and bolts of their business.
- Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills
- Challenging Problem or Question
- Sustained Inquiry
- Student Voice & Choice
- Constructing questions
- Writing cohesively about a topic
- Collect information from multiple resources
- Reading charts and graphs
- Understanding plant needs and how to provide them in an artificial environment
- Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners
- Participate in shared research and writing projects
- Collaboration with peers and other adults
- Participate in elections
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Revisit the Financial Plan piece of your business plan. Students need to research costs of different flowers and how many they will need to sell in order to either make their money back or make a profit. They also need to take into consideration the average price a person would pay for flowers. Obviously one flower can’t cost $20. Here again students can ask for help from your professional visitor, do research themselves, or potentially ask mom and dad. If you can find them, provide students with charts. (For the purposes of the project, I suggest putting a price range on your business plan. The actual prices will be set later on by the “finance experts” in Week 4). Once this is complete, you can also write in the Resource Requirements. What are they going to need to get started? They need product. What else?
Here is where you can go back and answer the question of Key Issues. Your students need to figure out how they can access the flowers they want to sell. You have no money for them and stealing is wrong. What are some other solutions? Do your best not to lead students or give answers here. This is part of the problem-solving process for them. They might surprise you with what they think of. Maybe they have ideas you wouldn’t think of. Maybe one of them has a relative who owns flowers. Take time to fill in the Key Issues section of the business plan. From there, decide as a class what next steps will be to obtain these flowers. If you are selling them 1 month from now, would it be a good idea to get cut flowers? Probably not because the flowers don’t have all they need to survive that long. Will you be trying to plant the flowers and grow them in time? Probably need to have a flower that grows fast. Are you buying potted flowers from the store? Where do they need to be kept to survive? All of these things need to be taken into consideration.
That’s all for now. Great job on Week 2. Are you getting excited as this project gets more and more real?? I know I am! Remember to share your own progress and findings in the comments section below.